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Millennials don't exactly get an easy time; most people hate us or just dismiss us as snowflakes who only have knowledge about wi-fi and avocado toast.

While we generally have more of a penchant for the internet seeing as we GREW UP WITH IT… this doesn't mean we're as lazy and vain as everyone says we are.

For example, we only have three selfie sticks and check our reflections between the hours of 9am and 11pm everyday, so what's the big deal about?

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We've all heard the lectures from our elderly relatives about how we drain the economy and refuse to get jobs, but people love to focus on the negatives rather than the positives.

Getting a millennial a Christmas gift can be a challenge, seeing as the chances of them being vegan, supporting paraben-free and cruelty-free produce and generally hipster and full of notions are sky high.

They'll also most likely blog the entire gift opening session, and post every aspect of it to social media, so it's gotta be impressive.

We've made a gift guide especially to help you out this festive season, y'all are welcome.

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1. Do What You Love neon sign

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €59

2. Loqi reusable bags

Buy: Designist
Price: €12

3. Scratch map

Buy: Easons
Price: €19.99

4. The Gospel According to Blindboy

Buy: Designist
Price: €13

5. Showerless shaving gel

Buy: Amazon
Price: €8.85, excl. shipping

6. Photo journal

Buy: Photobox
Price: €14.95 (40 pages)

7. Gratitude journal by Karen McDermott

This gorgeous journal has 52 empowering quotes; one for each week of the year. Positive vibez all round, gals.

Buy: Book Depository
Price: €9.24

8. Tarot card tapestry

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €39.99

9. Fujifilm polaroid camera

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €159

10. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml

Buy: Beauty Bay
Price: €6.75

11. Luxury bathtub tray, for all your needs…

Buy: Amazon
Price: 44.23

12. What Do You Meme? party game

Buy: www.BoardGamer.ie
Price: €24.99

13. Umbrella that changes colour when wet 

Buy: Trouva
Price: 28.07

14. Lush 'goddess' bath bomb in purple

Buy: Lush
Price: €6.62

15. Avocado toast Christmas tree decoration

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €10

16. Sivan health yoga mat set for beginners

Buy: Amazon
Price: €33.98

Namaste, ladies.

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It's often touted as the best time of your life – and in many ways it is: after all, your 20s is the decade that brings with a load of amazing milestones.

Renting; graduating; jobs; travel and great friendships: it's all actually pretty awesome.

You have the freedom to do pretty much whatever you want, with none of the responsibilities and stresses of the likes of home-ownership, marriage, and children (hello there, 30s!).

Let's face it though; your 20s can also be a pickle – full of uncertainties, broken hearts and set-backs. In fact, at times it's easy to let the pressures of your third decade get to you.

But the weight of the world is heavy thing – and not every little hiccup merits getting really worked up over.

So here, SHEmazing! details the top six things that women aged 20-29 need to chill out about…

 

1) The life-plan:

Yup, your mam and dad (actually – the entire extended family) are pestering you for 'the plan,' but when it comes down to it… you're just not sure what you want to do. It's easy to get distracted by friends too; especially when a load of your closest mates get sorted with jobs and internships mere moments out of college. 

Well, for one – the whole "what am I doing with my life?" question isn't just for your 20s; that's something you'll be asking into your 30s, 40s and beyond.

And no one has all the magic answers either. In fact, you're probably doing pretty well as it is. So cut yourself some slack. It will all be fine in the end.

 

2) Dieting:

Most people pack on a few pounds during their 20s. We like to call it 'the swell'.

So your body changes – so what? Seriously, the amount of 35- and 45-year-olds who look back at their 25-year-old selves and wonder: "why did I ever worry – I looked fecking cracking back then!"

Because, in all likelihood, you do look cracking. Focus on being healthy and eating well and being able to run for the bus without medical intervention, rather than getting worked up over a number on a clothes tag. 

 

3) Being a bad-ass:

Women, especially women in the workplace, still worry about being a 'bitch'. Getting on with people is definitely a good thing, as is making an effort, being polite and being personable. 

However, speaking your mind; standing up for yourself; saying loud and clear 'no siree, I'm not that kinda gal,' is just as important.

Sure, you'd rather not 'make a fuss,' but playing your part is vital. And every time you do, it gets a little bit easier next time.

Maybe you get shot down anyway – but whatever the outcome, be proud of your mind – and your ability to speak it.

 

4) Social media:

We do it ourselves: we stick up our best pictures, taken at the best angles, in the most glamorous settings. We share the highs and ignore the lows.

And yet we still assume that EVERYONE else has this amazingly gilded life full of parties and beaches; expensive shoes and beautiful people.

Stop! Snapchat and Instagram are NOT real-life; NOT everyone on Facebook is getting engaged or getting married or jetting off to Thailand. Remind yourself as often as you need to that comparing yourself to others is pointless – especially when those others are only offering a gilded portion of themselves.

 

5) Contraception:

Deciding on contraception can actually be stressful, problematic, and confusing. You worry about the side-effects, not to mention that niggling two percent – or five or ten percent – margin of error: the 'well sure you might just get pregnant anyway,' window. To all that we say: relax.

Do your research and chat to your doctor about ALL your options: being prepared and taking responsibility for your own sexual health goes a looong way to placating worries.

Otherwise, simply take things when you're supposed to, and use everything exactly according to manufacturers' instructions – then get on with having fun.

 

6) Ditching friends:

When you're young and in a big group, you do everything with your squad: you socialise together, go to college or school together, and pretty much breathe the same air as one another. 

But that changes over time – and sometimes your 'bestest ever' mate at 21 is not necessary your closest buddy at 24.

That's no bad thing – nor should you worry about streamlining your group down to a handful of 'always there for you' guys and gals. 

On a similar note, kick the ones who aren't worth it to the curb without a second thought. If they're mean, draining, distracting or just down-right negative around you, then they're not what you need in your life.

 

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As you get older, you’ll grow out of a lot of things – friends included. Here are the friends it’s ok to lose touch with in your 20s:

The gossipy one
Ok – so we’re not saying we don’t love a bit of gossip from time to time, who doesn’t? But if you have a friend who delights in the pain of others on a daily basis, then this is not a good person to be around. Remember the old saying: ‘those who gossip with you, will gossip of you’ – who knows what’s she’s saying about you behind your back?

The flakey one
Life gets busy in your 20s, so you don’t have time for friends who constantly cancel plans that you’ve made way in advance, or just don’t show up at all. If they really want to stay friends, they’ll make the effort. If not, then don’t feel bad about letting go.

The flirty one
When you’re young, it’s kind of fun hanging out with a girl who loves a bit of flirtation. After all, her charisma brings all the boys to the yard, does it not? But when you’re in a relationship and your friend can’t talk to your boyfriend without flirting with him, this is NOT good, and will only cause fights between you and your other half.

The jealous one
If your friend can’t be happy for you when good things happen, then why bother? Don’t waste your time with negative people, who only want to bring you down to make themselves feel better.

The overly judgemental one
While it’s great to get some advice from friends when you need it, some people can confuse giving advice with forcing their opinion down your throat. They can’t help but judge every move you make, and have no problem telling you what you’re doing wrong. People have to make their own mistakes, and your friends should be there to help you, not judge you.  

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Do you ever get the inkling that your friend is only using you? Maybe her boyfriend is out of town, or she needs a new job and thinks you can help – whatever the reason, if your pal only picks up the phone when she wants something, it’s time to say goodbye.

The drinking buddy
If all you have in common with your friend is the ability to down a pint of beer, then perhaps you’re not really friends at all. This friendship may seem like a lot of fun, but would you be able to call them in times of trouble? If the answer is no, perhaps you have one less friend than you thought. 

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There are certain fears that you will no doubt have during your 20's that can actually ruin the whole experience.

Sometimes we just need to realise that everything isn't going perfect, and that's ok. Here are the things we need to stop worrying about: 

1. Being alone forever
The roller coaster ride of dating in your 20′s is something you need to go through. You will find out what kind of person you’re into, and, most importantly what type of people you’re not. It may seem like you will be single forever, but you’re still just trying to narrow things down.

2. Constantly being broke
So you have a job and it barely pays you enough to live properly. Don’t worry, the days of pot noodles and tins of beans will soon be behind you. When you’re that bit older and you finally secure that job you wanted, it will be steak dinners from there on out.

 

3. Staying in a job you hate
You had it for years and it basically paid your way through college. But now that you’re out of college, you realise how much you hate it. You only keep it because of the money and because your parents are making you. It doesn’t have to be your life, it’s only on the side while you pursue the career you really want.

 

4. Being the screw up in the family
If you have brothers or sisters you don’t want to appear as if you’re the disappointment of the family. Do what you want to do and don't be afraid of what your family thinks. Sure, for a couple of years it’s awkward when you don’t know what to say when asked you what you do, but you’ll get over that.

 

5. Not seeing enough of the world
The best time to go travelling is when you finish college, but if you miss out on this it’s not the end of the world. Travelling is a great experience and you learn a lot about yourself, but there is still time when you get older to travel. You may not be able to spend months there, but you’re still getting a taste of somewhere different.

 

 6. Not being able to drive
You keep putting it off, but you know you really should do your test. You can cycle, which is better for the environment or if you want to try a really unreliable mode of transport you can always take the bus. Driving will become more of a priority later on in life, so don’t fret if you still haven’t learned. If all else fails you can just ask your friend for a lift.

 

7. Not having that beach body
It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a six pack or flat stomach, we come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, it’s important to keep healthy and active, but stop stressing out over carbs and just be comfortable in your own skin.

8. Having no idea what you want to do with your life
There are people still in their 30′s and 40′s that still aren’t sure what exactly they want to do with their life. Your 20′s is the time to  make mistakes and figure out what you’re into, so it’s normal to still have no clue what you’re doing in life.

9. That your friends are doing better than you
You can still be happy for your friends if they’re doing well,but if you’re still sitting around with no idea what you want to do it doesn’t make you feel any better. It will all come to you in time and you shouldn’t worry about who gets paid more out of your friends.

10. Losing all your good friends
These things happen, if you move away from home, or they do, there isn’t much you can do about it. You can still stay in touch with them, but you will make new friends sooner or later. It’s always nice to talk and catch up with them everyone now and then.

11. Being left out
This is quite common, especially nowadays with social media you can see exactly what everyone is doing. You see people you know on their  holidays and you get jealous. You will have your fun soon enough so remember to enjoy it when it comes around.

12. Living with your parents forever
There comes a time in your life where you need your own personal space. Although you might really want to move out, sometimes it’s not possible because you just don’t have the money. You will eventually move out and you won’t have to rely on your parents.

13. Feeling old
If you think you feel old now, what will it feel like when you’re 30 or 40? When you see kids it makes you feel really old, but you’re actually still young, so start living like it. 

14. That no one really understands you
You never feel that anyone really gets you or understands where you’re coming from. Sometimes you can be hanging around with the wrong people, and they don’t see things the way you do. It’s always great to find someone who is like minded and is on the same wavelength as you.

15. That people will see who you really are
So, you were never the best in your class in college and you always scraped by. You fear that someone will figure you out, that you’re not all you say you are. Give yourself more credit for your achievements!

16. You will never be truly happy
When you get older, it’s the little things that put a smile on your face, not material goods. In your 20′s you want to have everything, but you will realise that you can’t always get what you want. You keep wanting the next big thing and the latest trends, but when you get older you will see that what really makes you happy is your family and friends.

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You finish work, everything is going dandy then bam! You find yourself in the middle of an unforeseen mid 20s crisis. Here are some things you don’t need to worry about in your 20s, but you do anyway!

1. A fully established career

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They say that your twenties are for establishing yourself, career wise. Therefore, if you, similar to the other 91% of your peers, have either no job, a job that you detest or just don’t know what the hell you want to do with the rest of your life, then worry not. Get out there, travel, socialise, have fun and above all, keep trying. It’ll happen eventually.

2. Finding ‘The One’

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By our age it’s likely that most of our parents were together, or even worse, were married. You on the other hand, well, you went on a date there around Christmas and paid for your own cinema ticket. Embrace the freedom and independence that comes with having to answer to nobody because it probably won’t last forever. One day you’ll meet the person that’s going to nag you for the rest of your life and you’ll then yearn for your single days.

3. Having the body of a Goddess

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Right now is probably the last period in your life during which you can eat takeaway four times a week and not be obese. Celebrate this. From what we hear, it all goes downhill from here. As long as you’re healthy and active, then stop hating your body because when you look back at yourself when you’re 62 and your boobs and bum are brushing the floor, you’ll realise that actually, you were fairly hot.

4. Never owning your own house

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At the rate with which the property market is increasing and the employment rate decreasing, this is becoming more and more likely every day. There are plus points to this, however. If, following the likely event you begin to hate a number of members of your house, you can pack up ship and move on, without the hassle of buying, selling and the mention of that thing we’ve all been afraid of since we first became aware of its existence. A Mortgage. *Cold sweats.*

5. Turning into your parents

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Dear god, here’s hoping that this never happens. You are beginning to understand them more though. Whereas once you viewed your dad’s ridiculous and biased opinions as totally stupid, you’re now more than likely to agree with him. That’s ok. He was probably right all along. Doesn’t mean you’re turning into him just yet.

6. Being the oldest in the club

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The greatest sign that you’re pushing on, time wise, is that horrific feeling that you get when you’re in a bar or club and the clientele are all young enough to worry about being underage. The easiest way to determine the average age of the clientele is by looking at their clothes. Is there an unnaturally high level of boobs and leg on display? Show them how it’s done, you old mover you. Shake that booty, or failing that, just snitch on them. Rage to be underage.

7. Appearing cool on social media

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What the hell is Snapchat?

8. Forgetting everything you’ve ever learned

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Your mid twenties is probably the first time in about 18 years that you won’t be returning to school in September. You can finally feel grown up and mature. You’re out in the real world now. Then one day it hits you. You’ve literally forgotten everything that you spent the entire of your speaking life learning. Down the swanny. Gonzo. Don’t panic. As long as you can read, write and speak in some form of audible tone, then all has not been lost. Most of it was useless anyway. *Ahem*

9. Your friends beating you at life

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One minute you’re all there drinking your lives away on a Wednesday afternoon in college and then they all go off and get proper jobs and just generally succeed at being an adult, whilst you can’t yet change a lightbulb. You’ll catch up eventually. They probably wish they were as carefree as you and cry themselves to sleep every night anyway. Probably.

10. Being too old to drink so much that you nap in the toilets

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The fear takes on a whole new meaning, when you begin to fear that you’re actually too old to be this hungover in the first place. You vaguely remember all of the 17-year-olds looking at you with a glance of disapproval, that’s usually only reserved for use by parents and teachers. You need to drown your sorrows somehow, mask the general feeling of impending age doom. Enjoy it now. When you reach 52 it may actually be too old and tragic to be acceptable.

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  1. You’re going to be broke for a very long time. Stock up on noodles and make the best of it.
  2. The first time you fall in love probably won’t be the last. There are different kinds of love and people that will come into your life for different reasons.
  3. You will undeniably grow apart from your school/collegefriends in some ways. You’re going to move and get into relationships and careers that take up a lot of your time and rather than resent each other for that, cherish the time that you do have to spend together.
  4. Nothing in your life is permanent. That’s horrifying and invigorating all at the same time. You have to embrace change and accept that it is 100% necessary.
  5. You’re never going to look “perfect”, but you’re beautiful the way you are. Accept what you see in the mirror and stop trying to change it. You’re young and vibrant. Own it.
  6. You’re going to feel alone sometimes. It’s going to seem like everyone has their own lives and you are floating in the ocean all by your lonesome. That’s okay. In the end, you can only really count on yourself, and you will become stronger from the moments you felt abandoned.
  7. There’s never going to be a time that you will not need your parents in many ways.
  8. You’re going to feel unappreciated, defeated, and disappointed at times.
  9. You’re going to change your mind about things. You can’t feel guilty about leaving a relationship, area or career if it’s not what’s best for you. Changing your mind is what you’re supposed to do.
  10. The job market isn’t what it used to be. Your college degree or work history isn’t an easy ticket to success anymore. You are going to have to constantly prove yourself. Hard work is good.
  11. The past is over. You have to let go of every ‘what could have been’ and go forward.
  12. It’s not always going to be easy to be a good person. You’re going to have to fight for what you believe is right and sometimes no one will seem to agree with you.
  13. Not everyone is going to like you and if you think that it’s possible you will kill yourself trying.
  14. You’re going to misjudge people. Don’t beat yourself up over trying to see the good in someone.
  15. When you do find your person, they aren’t going to be perfect. Your relationship or marriage will be hard sometimes. It isn’t about thinking someone is perfect, it’s about knowing that they are perfect for you. You need to marry your best friend, not your ‘dream’ man or woman.
  16. Your body is going to change. Whether its due to having children or not having enough money for a gym membership, you’re not always going to look 20. Remember #4 – you’re beautiful. Your body is supposed to change just like everything else in life does.
  17. You’re going to fall on your face multiple times. This could from a relationship or job or really anything, but it will happen. You have to brush yourself off and learn from your mistakes.
  18. Not everything will be like you imagine it now. You may not want to dish out the money you’d need to have your Pinterest Wedding or have the job you imagined for yourself, that’s okay.
  19. Your core values will not always align with those of the people around you. But you need to stand by them.
  20. You’re going to feel like a different person after these years and probably know a heck of a lot more than you do now. It’s most important that you remember who you are in your heart. Love freely. Move towards your dreams. Accept imperfection and realize that life will get messy, but it’s a beautiful mess and it’s all yours.

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